Maccaferri Inc. of Maryland, US, has been awarded a contract for the supply of their DefenCell MAC gabion barriers to meet the DLA Expeditionary Barrier System (EBS) requirement.

The indefinite duration/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is for a potential maximum value of $500m and has been awarded by Defence Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia. DLA troop Support annually manage over $13 billion worth of food and equipment supplies in support of America’s warfighters worldwide.

Defencell MAC® is a rapid to deploy barrier system engineered from geotextile- lined welded mesh gabions. Filled on site with locally available material, Defencell MAC® units form defensive structures and barriers to protect personnel and infrastructure against a wide range of ballistic threats and hostile vehicles as well as floods and storms.

Maccaferri and military materials supplier J & S Franklin is in partnership to jointly supply the Defencell MAC range of force protection barrier systems to military and security forces in the USA and around the globe, taking advantage of Maccaferri’s manufacturing facilities in five continents.

Speaking after the award of the contract, Maccaferri Global CEO Luigi Penzo said "Despite being a relatively new entrant into this military sector, we have been making gabion products for nearly 140 years.

"We have a high quality product that has now been recognised by the DLA as part of their defence systems. We are delighted with this solicitation award."

Marc Franklin added "The DLA has selected quality suppliers for this solicitation award. We look forward to fulfilling their requirements to defend troops and infrastructure. It builds on our successes with Defencell MAC® in Europe, Middle East and Africa."

The Maccaferri-Franklin partnership also provides technical support and installation assistance to clients.